“We have an interesting Council today. To begin with, already this morning there has been a working breakfast with the Egyptian minister, Sameh Shoukry, and a broad discussion on issues of that region. There is the lunch with Yair Lapid, the new foreign minister of Israel.
And also, the foreign minister of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides, will brief us on the level of Turkish provocations and what is happening generally as regards the Cyprus issue. There are also other interesting issues, such as Afghanistan, and I will also brief the meeting on my contacts with the foreign minister of Niger and the problems that terrorism creates in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.
Asked what issues were discussed with Shoukry, Dendias replied: “I have to say everything. Egypt is a country of fundamental importance for the region, so it touched on the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, energy, Ethiopia, the Renaissance Dam, Libya, Syria – every issue was included.”
The meeting of the EU foreign ministers will be chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell and the agenda will include an exchange of views on the geopolitics of new digital technologies, Ethiopia, and the Strategic Compass.
Ministers will also have the opportunity to receive updates and react to the latest developments concerning Afghanistan, South Caucasus, and Lebanon, while they are expected to approve conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe and on the EU’s priorities at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.
Over a working lunch, there will be an informal exchange of views with the new Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.